Monthly Archives: March 2013

Police seek T station robber

March 15, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—MBTA Transit Police are seeking an armed robber who stole a passenger’s iPad computer at gunpoint inside the Jackson Square T Station on March 9. The victim was robbed on the Orange Line platform around 12:50 p.m. The suspect fled in the direction of the Bromley-Heath housing development, according to Transit Police. The...

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Urban farms, JP Loop discussed at forum

March 15, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—Urban agriculture and the defunct Route 48 “JP Loop” bus were two of the many themes touched upon during the third annual State of Our Neighborhood forum on Feb. 26. More than 200 people attended the forum at the Kennedy Elementary School. The Jamaica Plain Forum, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and...

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Gang feud shooting suspect arrested in JP

March 15, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—A Braintree man arrested in Jamaica Plain on March 8 is charged with two recent shootings that prosecutors claim was triggered by an infamous feud between JP and Roxbury street gangs. Paul Walrond, 22, faces many serious charges, including two counts of assault with intent to murder and unlawful gun possession. He was...

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On the Police Beat, Feb. 24 – March 10

March 15, 2013
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The following crime incident reports are public records provided by the Community Service Office of the District E-13 Police Station, which is solely responsible for their content. All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in court. March 10: Pedro A. Melendez of Roxbury charged with Class B drug possession with intent to distribute, W....

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Council suit gets court date

March 15, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) lawsuit against the Home for Little Wanderers project will have its first day in court on April 10, according to council member and attorney Jeffrey Wiesner. A judge will hear arguments on the defendants’ motion to dismiss the case. The defendants—the City of Boston and the developer Boston...

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Editorial: Straight talk on schools

March 15, 2013
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Education is the ultimate purpose of a school system, but schools do lots of other things, too. “Education” can become a euphemism for less attractive aspects of the institutions. Boston Public Schools reform is heading in the right direction, in large part because such groups as QUEST and such officials as state Rep. Russell...

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Editorial: Neighborhood, or government, councils?

March 15, 2013
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The moral support provided to the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s controversial lawsuit by former Mayor Ray Flynn, the man who created the neighborhood councils, is striking. But it also shows the double-edged sword that the court case may become. Flynn supports the JPNC’s right to sue the City if it seems to be “ignored.”...

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Letter: Time for JP to work together on Casey Arborway plan

March 15, 2013
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The decision to adopt and develop the Casey Arborway “at-grade” design was made by MassDOT a year ago (March 8, 2012). Since then, there have been at least four public meetings as well as a number of advisory group and other meetings regarding its implementation. The focus of these meetings was informational and included solicitation of...

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Letter: Shea Circle should be preserved

March 15, 2013
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MassDOT’s Casey Arborway plan to bring a six-lane, Melnea Cass-type highway to Forest Hills will entail the destruction of Shea Circle, the planted roundabout that has been part of the Emerald Necklace for almost 100 years. For admirers of Boston’s park system, Shea Circle visually integrates Franklin Park with the grounds of Forest Hills...

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Letter: JP is a good, kind community

March 15, 2013
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Last week, my fiance (known to many in JP as “Chris the Painter”) found a wallet on Centre Street. Recognizing the address on the license as that of a previous job site, he contacted his client, who lives in the building, to update the owner and was able to return the wallet the next...

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